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A fine representative example famous early 2017 pocket fluorite China
Quan Zhou city, Yong Chun County, Fujian Province, China
Miniature, 3.6 x 2.7 x 1.7 cm
A fine representative example of this now-famous early 2017 pocket of fluorite in China, this miniature plate features a coverage of deep purple crystals to 1.5 cm.
This doubly terminated glassy gemmy champagne colored topaz crystal
Mogok, Mandalay Region, Burma
Miniature, 4.5 x 3.6 x 2.1 cm
This doubly terminated, glassy and gemmy, champagne-colored topaz crystal has tiny bits of matrix adhering to it. It has an interesting lateral inclusion that looks like a tourmaline in the photos, but is actually a refraction off an internal cleavage plane or indeed a thin layer of some inclusion - I am not sure and it is highly unusual in any case. The face centered crystal has a mass of 65 gram... Read more
A gorgeous sparkling druse like halo sugary lemon yellow jouravskite
N'Chwaning III Mine, Kuruman, Kalahari MN field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Thumbnail, 2.6 x 2.0 x 0.9 cm
A gorgeous sparkling druse, like a halo, of sugary lemon-yellow jouravskite crystals, surrounds a single, glassy and gemmy 7 mm larger crystal in the center (the crystal in middle has a cleaved termination, on close examination, and so the price is reduced. It is beautiful - among the most sparkling and pretty of the pieces in this size, but the cleave reduced the significance, admittedly).
A rosette crystals glassy gemmy lemon yellow jouravskite clustered
N'Chwaning III Mine, Kuruman, Kalahari MN field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Thumbnail, 1.6 x 1.4 x 0.5 cm
A rosette of crystals of glassy and gemmy, lemon-yellow jouravskite are clustered together in a beautiful thumbnail sized specimen
A mind numbingly sharp textbook fluorite single crystal unusual locale
Llamas Quarry, Asturias, Spain
Thumbnail, 1.9 x 1.6 x 1.3 cm
A mind-numbingly sharp, textbook fluorite single crystal from an unusual locale! Totally limpid, this glassy and gemmy, elongated fluorite crystal exhibits a lavender-tinted, pastel hue. This is a small gravel quarry, and only recently have a few fluorites been preserved here.
A single waxy luster translucent greenish yellow sphalerite crystal
9th of September Mine, Madan District, Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria
Miniature, 2.8 x 2.5 x 2.3 cm
A single, waxy-luster, translucent, greenish-yellow sphalerite crystal, measuring 2 cm across, is nicely perched on a bed of drusy, sparkling, colorless quartz crystals. Balanced and competition quality for the size (toenail or small miniature), it is a gorgeous example from older finds here of the early 2000s, now seldom seen. I picked it from a dealer's old stock because of the unusually good sy... Read more
One finer Canadian lazulite thumbnails collection Rod Tyson collected
Mt. Seafoam, Rapid Creek, Yukon, Canada
Thumbnail, 2.1 x 1.6 x 1.1 cm
One of the finer Canadian lazulite thumbnails, from the collection of Rod Tyson, who collected it: Perched exquisitely on a drusy, brown matrix of siderite are two, equant, highly lustrous, indigo blue lazulite crystals, to 1 cm in length. Sky blue to teal blue, neon highlights can be discerned as the specimen is handled and moved in the lights.
This superb specimen highly lustrous royal blue lazulite crystals 1 2
Mt. Seafoam, Rapid Creek, Yukon, Canada
Thumbnail, 1.7 x 1.7 x 1.2 cm
This is another superb specimen of highly lustrous, royal-blue, lazulite, in crystals to 1.2 cm in length. It is surely one of the finer Canadian lazulite thumbnails, from the collection of Rod Tyson, who collected it. These large, relatively gemmy crystals are perched beautifully on a druse of brown siderite. When held, the viewer can discern pinpricks of gemmy sky blue to neon teal colors as it ... Read more
This exceptional species Rod Tyson years ago helicopter trip A sliver
Grizzly Bear Peak, Stoneman Mt, Rapid Creek Area, Yukon, Canada
Thumbnail, 2.5 x 1.1 x 0.9 cm
This is exceptional for the species, from a find Rod Tyson made only a few years ago on a helicopter trip in. A sliver of siderite forms the matrix for a gorgeous spherical aggregate of lustrous, straw-yellow messelite, to 1.4 cm across. Superb thumbnail!
A sparkling druse lustrous translucent dark blue lazulite contrast
Mt. Seafoam, Rapid Creek, Yukon, Canada
Miniature, 5.2 x 2.8 x 2.3 cm
A sparkling druse of lustrous and translucent, dark blue lazulite contrast with the deeper-blue, larger crystals of the same species. Unusual lazulite crystals! This is from a small find Rod Tyson collected 2 years ago. The color is unusually light and open, making these crystals more sparkly and more gemmy-appearing than others from the previous finds. Tiny apatite gem crystals add interest, here... Read more
A fine lazulite miniature glassy large crystals Perched nicely
Mt. Seafoam, Rapid Creek, Yukon, Canada
Miniature, 3.3 x 2.1 x 1.4 cm
A fine lazulite miniature with glassy, large crystals. Perched nicely on an ocherous matrix are highly lustrous and partially translucent, dark blue, lazulite crystals, to1 cm across. When backlit strongly the crystals exhibit a rich sky blue color. This is as fine a small miniature as we have seen. ex Rod Tyson collection.
Messelite uncommon hydrous calcium iron manganese phosphate This
Grizzly Bear Peak, Stoneman Mt, Rapid Creek Area, Yukon, Canada
Thumbnail, 2.2 x 1.6 x 1.6 cm
Messelite is an uncommon hydrous, calcium, iron, manganese phosphate. This is exceptional for the species, from a find Rod Tyson made only a few years ago on a helicopter trip in. Glassy and gemmy orangey brown siderite crystals, to 3 mm across, underlie lustrous greenish gray botryoids of messelite, to 1 cm across.
A flat laying crystal djurleite forms matrix upright highly lustrous
Ait Agmane, Bou Azer District, Ouarzazate Province, Morocco
Thumbnail, 3.0 x 2.5 x 2.1 cm
A flat-laying crystal of djurleite forms the matrix for an upright, thin, highly lustrous, dark gray, doubly-terminated djurleite crystal measuring 2.2 cm across. Smartly perched, it makes for a large thumbnail specimen and a nice representative of the pocket. Small nicks atop reduce value from over $1000 if it were perfect, to a very much lower price - though it is still a quite nice example from... Read more
Lustrous emerald green Pseudomalachite coated matrix Quartz crystals
Cornwall, England, UK
Small Cabinet, 5.6 x 5.3 x 3.3 cm
Lustrous, emerald green Pseudomalachite has coated a matrix of Quartz crystals with a rich, colorful druse. The central, and largest, Quartz crystal is 4 cm in length. This old-time specimen, attractive and balanced, is from the heart of Cornwall. Most unusual, the only one I have seen like this is from the Old Gunnislake Mine (which I am assuming this also would be). Old Ward's Label included.
The Hagendorf North Pegmatite Bavaria Germany Type Locality
Hagendorf North Pegmatite, Waidhaus, Upper Palatinate, Bavaria, Germany
Thumbnail, 2.7 x 1.7 x 0.9 cm
The Hagendorf North Pegmatite in Bavaria, Germany is the Type Locality for Phosphophyllite. This is a nice cluster of light blue Phosphophyllites that are lustrous, gemmy, well-formed, and reach up to 3-4 mm in size. The cluster is nestled in a Mica and Quartz matrix. Phosphophyllite was discovered in 1920, and this piece most certainly dates back to the early 1900's. Although not one of the famou... Read more
Tetradymite uncommon bismuth tellurium sulfosalt This good locality
Jilove Gold mining District, Central Bohemia Region, Bohemia, Czech Republic
Small Cabinet, 6.6 x 4.1 x 3.5 cm
Tetradymite is an uncommon bismuth, tellurium sulfosalt. This good locality piece has bright, tin-white microcrystals, as well as more sheet-like Tetradymite, in a Quartz matrix. Adding to the interest of the piece are small amounts of Gold. There are two mines in the Jilove District that this small cab could be from. In any case, an extreme rarity in combination, and in Kay's drawer of "special p... Read more
Mid west limestone quarries known mineral rich geodes pockets The
Lehigh Portland Cement Co. Quarry, Mitchell, Lawrence Co., Indiana, USA
Miniature, 5.5 x 4.6 x 2.4 cm
Mid-west limestone quarries are well-known for their mineral-rich geodes and pockets. The Celestines from the Lehigh Portland Cement Quarry, in general, have a beautiful golden color. All the smaller Celestines in this geode are golden and GEMMY. Perfect. The larger crystal here, a full 3 cm across and well-formed, ranges from colorless to golden, and the golden layer is infused with microsulfides... Read more
Beautiful lustrous Spessartine classic trapezohedron The deep fiery
Shengus, Skardu, Gilgit, Pakistan
Thumbnail, 2.2 x 2.1 x 1.8 cm
Beautiful and lustrous, this Spessartine is a classic trapezohedron. The deep, fiery red color is excellent, which can be seen with just the right lighting. The crystal form is great, with glassy luster and partial bevels on the edges adding to the aesthetics. All in all, a terrific thumbnail with a small amount of matrix to add balance.
Choice old thumbnail dates backs days Silesia Germany hadn t ceded
Strzegom, Strzegom-Sobotka Massif, Lower Silesia, Poland
Thumbnail, 2.5 x 2.4 x 2.1 cm
Choice old thumbnail that dates backs to the days when Silesia was still part of Germany, and hadn't been ceded back to Poland yet. The brick red Chabazite has very good luster and is well-formed, with the main crystal being 1 cm. It sits nicely on lustrous, olive green Epidote crystals, the largest of which is about 1.9 cm tall. Good aesthetics, and a good combination of minerals that are far abo... Read more
Fine reference specimen copper sulfate Langite The pieces contain
Lostwithiel, St Austell District, Cornwall, England, UK (CTL)
Thumbnail, 2.0 x 1.6 x 1.0 cm
Fine reference specimen of the copper sulfate Langite. The several pieces, which contain Langite and the alteration product Brochantite, are contained in an antique vial. Originally in the collection of well-known collector and dealer Louis Saemann, his two beautifully handwritten labels date from his collecting period of 1850-1866. For more information, view the Min Record archives on the collect... Read more
A rare lead copper chloride Diaboleite great treasures surprisingly
Mammoth-Saint Anthony Mine, Tiger, Mammoth District, Pinal Co., Arizona, USA
Miniature, 3.4 x 2.5 x 1.9 cm
A rare lead, copper chloride, Diaboleite is one of the great treasures from the surprisingly complex suite of minerals found in this old mine at Tiger. The crystals are never large, but the intense azure color is amazing. This specimen features several translucent, subhedral crystals or crystal fragments up to around 1 cm, on matrix. The luster on the fresh, deep blue cleavage faces of the Diabole... Read more
An intricate mesmerizing Hematite thumbnail location sheer quality
Topaz Mountain, Thomas Range, Juab Co., Utah, USA
Thumbnail, 2.5 x 2.0 x 0.7 cm
An intricate, mesmerizing Hematite thumbnail, not only for the location but the sheer quality of the specimen. The main body is super-finely crystallized and elongated, almost stringy, tiny Hematites, to the tune of hundreds upon hundreds en masse one atop the other. These Hematites are festooned with dozens of beautiful and hexagonal Hematite blades that have superb form and mirror-like luster. T... Read more
One storied classics legendary collected quickly tossed coffee carry
Husky Mine, Elsa, Mayo Mining District, Yukon, Canada
Thumbnail, 1 x 0.9 x 0.5 cm
One of those storied classics, the find of these is legendary now: collected quickly and tossed in a coffee can to carry out, this is from Joe Weinholtzner's storied 1977 find at the remote Husky mine. This very fine Polybasite thumbnail has all you could ask for in a specimen of this silver species. The piece is composed of sharp, hexagonal, bladed crystals with bright metallic luster. They have ... Read more
An aesthetic old time St Andreasberg thumbnail highly lustrous
St Andreasberg, St Andreasberg District, Harz, Lower Saxony, Germany
Thumbnail, 1.1 x 1.0 x 0.4 cm
An aesthetic, old-time St Andreasberg thumbnail of highly lustrous, metallic-gray Pyrargyrite. The main crystal has an attractive and sharp triangular form with mirror faces. This is an excellent and representative specimen for this great mining region. Acquired in 1981 from legendary dealer Dick Bideux in Tucson.
A sharp highly modified octahedron Magnetite historic Port Henry iron
Port Henry, Moriah, Essex Co., New York, USA
Thumbnail, 2.1 x 1.9 x 1.2 cm
A sharp, highly modified octahedron of Magnetite from the historic Port Henry iron ore locality on Lake Champlain. The crystal has very good luster, good form for being truncated and modified, and some contacting at a few corners. Undoubtedly over 100 years old, this classic old-time material has it's original Ward's label from one of his famous exhibitions in the early 1900s. See the Min Record a... Read more
Dating 1800 s miniature representative classic silver producing Samson
Samson Mine, St Andreasberg, Harz, Lower Saxony, Germany
Miniature, 3.8 x 3.4 x 1.9 cm
Dating back to the 1800's, this miniature is well representative of the classic find at the silver-producing Samson Mine, which was highly unusual and for a long time considered the best of species for apophyllite! The find contained highly unusual pink Fluorapophyllites, and the two main crystals here are well-formed and reach up to 9 mm. The luster is excellent and the terminations quite gemmy. ... Read more
Sharp quite lustrous rich pink Fluorapophyllite crystals sparkle The
Samson Mine, St Andreasberg, Harz, Lower Saxony, Germany
Miniature, 4.1 x 2.7 x 1.6 cm
Sharp and quite lustrous, the rich pink Fluorapophyllite crystals here sparkle. The pink color for Fluorapophyllite is highly unusual, the pearly to vitreous luster is extraordinary, and the largest crystal is nearly 1 cm across. These specimens from the Samson Mine date back to the 1800s. A very good, aesthetic miniature. Purchased from the noted dealer Maucher, in 1973.
A classic old time brazilianite special unique yellow greenish color
Corrego Frio, near Linopolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Thumbnail, 2.4 x 2.4 x 2.2 cm
A classic old time brazilianite, with the special unique yellow-greenish color that is simply impossible to photo or describe well, without seeing in person. These top examples of their species came out in the 1940s, only, and never again. It is more GEMMY in person. The pics are good, but the true quality of the crystal's form must be seen in person to be appreciated. Still the best, 70-plus year... Read more
A unusual robust green smithsonite specimen classic old mines Laurium
Sounion Mine, Lavrion, Attiki Prefecture, Greece
Thumbnail, 2.7 x 1.8 x 1.2 cm
A very unusual, robust green smithsonite specimen from the classic old mines of Laurium, this aesthetic thumbnail stood out to me in the case of a major Greek collector who was selling specimens at Munich in 2016, and I had to snap it up. If you did not see the fluorite on back, you'd swear it was from Tsumeb! A highly unusual locality specimen.
A sharp cluster crystals high luster saturated color unusual thumbnail
Red Cloud Mine, La Paz Co., Arizona, USA
Thumbnail, 2.0 x 1.9 x 1.5 cm
A very sharp cluster of two crystals with high luster and saturated color, unusual for a thumbnail when most are just single crystals. Small calcite matrix is attached. From the private collection of internationally known wildlife artist Gamini Ratnavira (, who started collecting small mineral specimens man... Read more